Toyota Motor Corp (TM): Today's Featured Consumer Goods Winner

Toyota Motor ( TM) pushed the Consumer Goods sector higher today making it today's featured consumer goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Toyota Motor rose $2.36 (2.0%) to $123.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 563,164 shares of Toyota Motor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 742,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $121.26-$123.43 after having opened the day at $122.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.66. Other companies within the Consumer Goods sector that increased today were: Tianli Agritech ( OINK), up 19.3%, Steinway Musical Instruments ( LVB), up 15.9%, China Xiniya Fashion ( XNY), up 15.6% and Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), up 13.7%.

Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, assembly, and sale of passenger cars, minivans, commercial vehicles, and related parts and accessories primarily in Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia. It operates through Automotive, Financial Services, and All Other segments. Toyota Motor has a market cap of $192.8 billion and is part of the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Toyota Motor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toyota Motor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Mondelez International ( MDLZ), down 31.7%, Coldwater Creek ( CWTR), down 7.2%, Appliance Recycling Centers Of America ( ARCI), down 6.5% and Leading Brands ( LBIX), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the consumer goods sector with SodaStream International ( SODA) being today's consumer goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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